Arizona is site of largest current US measles outbreak

Jul 12, 2016

By Astrid Galvan

Health officials in Arizona say the largest current measles outbreak in the United States is in part because some workers at a federal immigration detention center refuse to get vaccinated.

Authorities have confirmed 22 measles cases in Arizona since late May. They all stem from the Eloy Detention Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility managed by the private Corrections Corporation of America.

Pinal County health director Thomas Schryer said the outbreak likely began with a migrant but that detainees have since been vaccinated. Convincing employees to get vaccinated or show proof of immunity has proven much tougher, he said.


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  • Efforts to encourage immunization have been met with resistance in part because some people underestimate the danger of measles, Schryer said. One staffer spent about four days hospitalized after coming down with severe symptoms, he said.

    “To trigger a four-day stay in the hospitals require that you be pretty darn sick. It’s not really something to play with, and maybe they just underestimated the seriousness of it,” Schryer said

    Easy solution here Get immunized or get fired!



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  • Delicious irony. Corrections people refuse vaccinations and people get sick. This should be a jailable offence for the same reasons that a DUI is a jailable offence if it causes harm to another (and sometimes even without actual consequences).

    The fact that it has proven difficult to get employees on board with vaccination shows how far general knowledge and education has fallen to the “false news as click-bait” movement. It also confirms that a state government regressing to Neanderthal level policy has consequences to people outside their bubble of ignorance.



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